John Tongue <>,
brian fleming <>
Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:19:52 +1100
I have often noticed the way the Peacock backs towards the hen, so that
what she sees are the rufous tail feathers which support the glorious
train. Perhaps the train display is directed at any other Peacock in
the vicinity, to warn him to keep off?
John Tongue wrote:
Not sure how they prove all these claims in Dr. Karl's thesis, nor what they
An intrigueing thing I've noticed about a Peacock's display, ever since we had Peafowl
when I was a kid, is that once the male erects his 'tail' and begins his
is that he turns his back on the object of his desire. She mostly gets
to see the plain feathers around his backside!!
I wonder what criteria she is really using to make her choice??
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